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Cunedda. Leader of the Votadini tribe of southern Scotland in the late Roman period. Cunedda and the Votadini migrated from southern Scotland to north Wales, as part of the military and social upheavals of this turbulent period, in either the late 4th or the early 5th cent. However it must be remembered that the meagre historical accounts of late Roman Britain are sometimes no more than traditions recorded at a later date. This is particularly so in the case of Cunedda, and the tradition surrounding him has been described as ‘folklore’. The contention that the British leader Vortigern arranged the migration of the Votadini in order to strengthen north Wales against the Irish, thus establishing the royal house of Gwynedd, must be treated with caution.

Eleanor Scott

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